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Ecology, Culture and Human Development

Ecology, Culture and Human Development
Lessons for Adivasi Education

First Edition
  • Ramesh Chandra Mishra - Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • John W. Berry - Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

November 2017 | 236 pages | SAGE India

The key to the upliftment of the Adivasi community is a deep understanding of their culture, psychological resources and cognitive strengths. Ecology, Culture and Human Development: Lessons for Adivasi Education presents a comparative analysis of the cultural and cognitive dimensions of various communities in Canada, Ghana, China and India, and seeks answers from this analysis for Adivasi education.  It debunks the myths of low intelligence and inferior cognitive capacity of the Adivasi community, and emphasizes the remarkable performance of Adivasi children when assessed in terms of their ecological and cultural contexts. 

Extensively illustrated and containing substantive data on all relevant aspects of human development, this book is a much-desired addition to the literature on this crucial aspect of social development in India. It is a comprehensive resource that aims to contribute substantially towards mitigating the travails of the Adivasi community and ensuring their social empowerment.

Cognition in Cultural Context
Human Development in Ecological and Cultural Context
Influences on Development of Human Behaviour
The Cultural Groups
Capturing Cultural and Cognitive Dimensions
Cognitive Styles in International Context
Cognitive Style and Educational Achievement of Adivasi Children
Revisiting the Culture–Cognition Relationship
Adivasi Education in Cultural Context

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